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13th June, 2014


We arrived at the pilot station at 7:00am this morning and were berthed at 8:00am. Like Belfast there was a bit to do with the shore gangway. But a fork truck driver was found and at 8L20 am the passengers could proceed ashore. Killybegs, a town in County Donegal, is the largest fishing port in the county. It is situated at the head of a scenic harbour and at the base of a vast mountainous tract extending northwards. Its historical claim is to assist in the repair of the Spanish vessel La Girona, which in 1588 was part of the Spanish Armada during Spain’s war with England.


Tours today were a visit to Donogal town by foot or a more leisurely one by coach, which visited the Belleek Pottery. The other tour was Wild Donegal and Glencolmcille. This tour offers a drive through some of Donegal’s most spectacular and picturesque landscapes, stopping for refreshments at the tea rooms of Glencolmcille Folk Village, where local musicians will perform traditional Irish music. The region of Glencolmcille is rich in folklore and heritage, and your visit to the museum reveals an insight into a bygone era. See the craft shop, schoolhouse and thatched cottages dating from 1750, while a number of activities including a lesson on traditional Irish language can also be enjoyed. This part of Ireland has many associations with W B Yeats: the revolutionary and feminist Maud Gonne, who spent some time in a cottage near Glencolmcille, had a long relationship with the poet and turned down several proposals of marriage from him.

For the passengers who wanted to discover the town independently there was a shuttle bus into town or one could take a nice walk along the port lined with  fishing trawlers and some pleasure crafts.

For those passengers on board the cruise staff had organised and hosted different activities and the surroundings offered beautiful views.  Akll on board was 5:00pm and soon after this all was ready and we left the berth. After swinging the ship 180 degrees in the small harbour we left the port and had soon disembarked the pilot and were on our way to the next pot Glengarriff.

The evening started with the Britannia Cocktail Party in the Britannia Lounge. This cruise we have 218 Britannia Members among which 8 Sapphire Members (more than 500 nights, almost more than I). For the non- members there was cocktail hour in the Cooper’s Bar and early evening music for listening and dancing in the drawing Room, followed by dinner. After dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted a performance of the Explosive Productions presenting  “Lets Swing” a magical journey through the greatest hits both old and modern from legendary swing artists. This was followed by an music for listening and dancing with the “You and Me Duo” and a late show by The Irish House Party delivering a very lively experience of music and dance.

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